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Online Les McDonald

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Two Old Photos
« on: November 12, 2017, 11:14:50 AM »
I just came across two old B&W photos.

The shiny new Tropicaire with it's original canopy and nose gear and my last Stiletto taking off in that horrible Chicopee wind during the 1984 World Champs. Pretty steep climb for sure but I needed to get that thing away from the ground immediately! 
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Re: Two Old Photos
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2017, 05:48:24 AM »
Yeah, and that wind flight at Chicopee was one of the very best wind flights of all time. I was the Assistant Manager of that team and was tasked with helping the Stunt team specifically. I was worried because Les had drawn a flight in the absolute worst wind conditions anyone had to face that year. I was certain that he was going to have massive problems getting through that wind because others had problems in winds that were no where near as bad as the conditions he faced. Les laid in the most amazing flight I've ever seen, and later that evening we saw a video of that flight and you couldn't tell on the video that any wind was blowing at all. The flight looked great on screen, and only if you had been there in person to see that performance live would you know just how astounding it was.

Les is one of the very best to have ever flown a Stunt model, and he did it with such class and dignity. I'll never forget those years of competing with Les, and I'll never forget that wind flight!

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Re: Two Old Photos
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2017, 02:22:58 PM »
I remember that flight quite well but from a different view than Bobs.
Take off and level laps were acceptable and then the wind went steady for a few minutes allowing for a good wing over, four nice round loops (no penalty in FAI) and some decent squares and eights. The break in the consistent wind direction went away around the vertical eights so I went into survival mode. I don't even remember the hourglass. Giant overhead eights and the narrowest cloverleaf in history. When the motor finally stopped I capped off this flight with three landings in one lap and then the plane was saved from getting flipped over when Werwage trapped it at the end of the rollout.
All I can say here is that Bob Hunt is a great guy to have as a friend!
 
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Re: Two Old Photos
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2017, 08:39:42 PM »
Thanks for sharing the photos Les.  Your Stiletto continues to be my all time favorite stunt ship. 

George

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Re: Two Old Photos
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2017, 01:41:51 PM »
I just came across two old B&W photos.

The shiny new Tropicaire with it's original canopy and nose gear and my last Stiletto taking off in that horrible Chicopee wind during the 1984 World Champs. Pretty steep climb for sure but I needed to get that thing away from the ground immediately!

Thanks Les

I love the looks of both of these  planes, especially the bottom one !  :-O

Randy


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